It’s striking to read the current news and the Bible back to back.
Reference: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)
Explore: Before reading this passage this morning, I was reading the newspaper online.
There was a story of parents murdered in their home while their three children lay asleep just rooms away.
Another story spoke of a celebrity verbally abusing one of his fans, and there was a report of a helicopter crash.
Just another day in our world.
As I flicked over my screen to read 2 Timothy I found myself saying, “And now for the good news.” While we call the Bible the “good news”, and one translation is even called just that, it’s striking to read the current news and the Bible back to back.
It’s clear to see which one you would want to live your life by.
Application: The news reported on death, hatred and destruction, whereas the Bible speaks of wisdom, purpose and life. So often, however, we take time to read or hear the news but we’re too busy to dip into the Word.
I’m not saying it’s bad to know the current news. It’s important for us to be aware of what’s happening in the world around us. But let’s keep it balanced with the best information we can hear, from God.
The newspaper tells us what is happening in our society whereas the Bible tells us what can be happening in our very own lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, there is much going on around us but very little that feeds our souls. May we dedicate time to investing in You, so that we can share the Good News with a world that needs to hear it. Amen.
What news have you heard lately?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.